Our Christmas Eve celebration has two services to accommodate those with young children as well as those who are looking for a more traditional service. The Family Service is held at 7:30 pm on December 24th, and the Candlelight Service begins at 10:30 pm with a half hour choir concert. The traditional candlelight service begins at 11:00 pm and ends at midnight with a candlelight singing of Silent Night followed by Joy to the World to celebrate the birth of our Savior. Both services include Holy Communion. For more information please visit www.christmasinnewholland.org
For many experiencing grief or a major life transition---loss of a job, a relationship, starting over in a new home---the holiday season can be a cruel season. The twinkling lights and glitter magnifying a sense of loss. The uncertainty of life is underlined and highlighted. Instead of holiday cheer, we can experience holiday isolation and a profound sense of loneliness. We may feel out of sync with the rest of the world, invisible amid all the glitter.
The irony of that I suppose, is the fact that Christmas is a time when we lift up the Light that shines in the darkness. In other words, Christmas is God’s coming to the very people who “walk in great darkness.” Who are feeling broken, or lost. Confused about what comes next in their life.
To them God sends Jesus, the light of God’s love that illumines the deepest darkness; the longest night. The promise of Emmanuel, God with us.
So, this year, we at Trinity will be having a “Blue Christmas” worship on December 21st, at 7:00 PM. The 21st is the winter solstice, literally the longest night of the year.
On that longest night, we will gather together in the presence of God. We will light candles, hear the story of God’s love told again to people just like us, and we will acknowledge our deepest longings, our wildest hopes.
We will bring the missing parts or our lives with us, our hopes and our fears, and together we will stand in the holy light of God’s abiding Love. The Love which shines even through the longest, darkest night.
You are invited to join us. For more information please click HERE.
As part of the Reformation 500 Celebration we are having a little fun with Martin. Martin will be traveling to various places – Vacation Bible School, Sunday School, Worship service, Living Beyond, and more. We encourage everyone to check out Trinity’s website and Facebook page to see where he is now. Click HERE to see where he has been
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.